jumpjet2k (330) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Slightly hazy, sort of a blonde color with ruby tinges... Guess that’d be strawberry blonde. A small off-white head sits on top. The nose is very soft and delicate overall, with some light floral tones, some orange zest, and a little sweetness. The flavor is moderately sweet overall, though not cloying by any means. A layer of spicy tones underly a soft body of malt and honey sweetness. Smooth palate, with just enough weight. Very drinkable. A pleasant and successful experiment from Independence. I’m a big fan of meads, and it’s always interesting to see what happens when they’re combined with beer. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pour is opaque bright golden yellow with almost no head...smell is straight forward and simple and sweet...some cereal grainy notes and hints of spice (pepper, coriander, clove)...taste is soft and lightly sweet with that grainy cereal sweetness, soft honey flavors, those same spices coming in at the finish...a faint resinous bitterness (and I mean faint) cleans up the sweetness well and leaves something chewy in the finish...nice thick and full mouthfeel...well done!!! lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Probably the best beer these guys make. It actually was good, and I would recommend it. Slight honey maltiness but noticeable hops as well. Balanced, flavorful and a good beer. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
On tap at the Draught House 42nd Anniversary Party.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain, wheat and honey. The flavor is also very heavy on the honey with some alcohol and some earthy hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good braggot. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Medium-yellow, 50% opacity (CSS geek presenting) no/light bubbly white head. Looks kinda mead-ish. Aroma is actually very good, appealing, but not very complex - sweet, but I really wouldn’t have pegged honey if I didn’t know what this was - it’s definitely different, especially for Independence. Flavor also not typical of the brewer, but the mouth feel is. Must be the water. I;m glad they went out on a limb with this beer. A very enjoyable beer, not too honeyish, doesn’t feel like you’re drinking a mead or anything, but there’s just enough added to the recipe to make this a completely different kind of beer (esp for Indy). A very easy, low gravity summer beer in my opinion. A little heavy on the throat, a little uncomfortable on the swallow, a little too soft - you don’t get a real satisfactory, refreshing experience from the gulp like I usually get from beers. Great in the mouth, though - going down is a little rougher. Well done, but the more I drink it, the heavier it is on the belly and back of the throat. B-/B
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Carbonated honey aroma. Smooth and delicious smell. Slightly cloudy golden color with a sm ask l white head. The aroma Id well icious. The flavor lets you know there is homeu in there for sure. It finishes with a surprisimg earthen hop bitterness, which is very nice. Yes, very nice.